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36 days of type

I noticed this open project over on Instagram recently, organised by Alejandro López Becerro. There’s a huge variety of characters to look through including just these 3D designs by Alejandro himself. 

While the main letters were going up in April/May the project still seems quite active. Search on Instagram #36daysOfType and #36days_<glyph name>.

Salvage and signage

I’m a sucker for illuminated signage and this place looks like it would be well worth a look around if in Toronto.

I spotted a number of photos on Instagram of ‘SMASH’, a 4,300 square-foot  warehouse of vintage fixtures and furniture. It specialises in industrial and architectural salvage. 

Photo credits, Top: SalitabacchiWu Ch Middle: Dayna WinterA. Bottom: Jeff HigginsPeter Grevstad

iPhone Typography apps

There are 100 “Typography” apps listed today in Apple’s store for the iPhone (and just over half that number on the iPad). Here’s a quick snapshot of a few that I’ve enjoyed using.

Typo Insta (Paid) Like a Japanese Instagram with the added ability to place text onto your images. The functionality is currently a little basic but it feels well thought through and stable. I’m not a fan of their filter effects (though for some I noticed that you can adjust their opacity) however it does allow text to be overlaid without filtering and then exported seamlessly to Instagram to use their filters. You can clearly see the budding power of these apps to enable simple photo and design manipulation in your pocket.

Typeplace (Free) A lovely idea that is well executed: Take a photo of some interesting typography that you find, upload it via the app, where it automatically gets plotted on a world map and shared with the community. Users can rate each others’ submissions and you gain merit badges the more you upload. I’ve just noticed today that Typeplace is for sale so hopefully a buyer is found to develop it further.

The Font Game (Paid) You’ll likely be familiar with I Love Typography’s Font Game which has inspired a whole genre of similar apps since launch. A font recognition game, against the clock to identify 30 typefaces randomly selected from over 1000. Fonts provided by the likes of Adobe & Linotype and it’s a great app to train your eye to spot and differentiate between fonts. There’s also a very good font terminology game, however this becomes a little easy after a few plays. It connects with Apple’s Game Centre too (ugly as sin) so you can compete with friends.

What the Font (Free) From the MyFonts foundy. For a free app this is a really neat gadget to identify a typeface on the go. Within the app simply choose a picture of some text, crop out any unimportant details and then help the app specify which characters are which. The results are a list of suggested font matches. While not always correct it can be highly accurate if the image of the text is very clear.

The Typography Manual (Paid) This is a great little resource, created by Justin Stahl who also developed The Font Game (above). Although it does offer a concise manual of typography of about 60 short pages/sections (For a more comprehensive manual of typography I’d recommend The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst) it also has a number of other helpful and interesting features and resources including; An Em calculator, a handy font size ruler, a full list of HTML character codes, plus a reasonably comprehensive list of well-known Font foundries, inspirational blogs & typographic organisations. 

I was also pleasantly surprised that the Typo app list Type Worship in its selection of beautiful typography blogs. Thank you!